- Feb 18, 2020
“To say no to impunity is to say no to the infernal cycle of violence. Nothing must be above the law,” said Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, where wanton killing of civilians often goes unpunished.
Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the cathedral of Bangassou, guarded by UN peacekeepers. The rising violence between the Anti-Balakas (composed of mostly Christians and animists), and the predominantly-Muslim Séléka rebels dates to 2013.
Two Catholic missions in Central African Republic about 270 miles from the capital, Bangui, were targeted by former militants. According to the vice president of the Central African Republic bishops’ conference the violence was not motivated by religious reasons but economic ones.
NOTE: This is an updated version of a story posted earlier Sunday on the Crux site. BANGUI, Central African Republic — In an illustration of the fear and uncertainty that plague the war-torn Central African Republic, a local bishop on Sunday initially reported that three young people had been shot to